ID: BABYLON began in late 2018 with conversations and interviews with young people with experience of migration and from a broad range of backgrounds. The interests, hopes and fears they discussed form the basis of all we do and make on the project.
Right now, groups of young people in each of the partner countries are making performance pieces. They’re either touring or will tour their ‘home’ countries and to one other partner country. The young people will come together in April 2019 to meet, get to know each other and perform at a Youth theatre festival at Théâtre du Pélican – in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
The project partners are all theatres or theatre companies who regularly work with young people. They formed ID: BABYLON in response to issues impacting teenagers today, including the rise of extremism and nationalism and issues around migration and the movement of people. We hope it will help foster a sense of European citizenship for young people involved, which will help them to look beyond the borders of their origin.
We’re working with a number of Associate Countries who we will share work, learning and more with. They are:
The Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Latvia and the Czech Republic.
A piece of documentary theatre written by professional playwright Nadège Prugnard, with six of the young people will be created in the second phase of the project and will tour internationally. It will feature a cast of young people from each partner country.
Nadège is already hard at work crafting the outline for the coproduction using the transcripts from interviews with the participants. This French author has worked a lot on the themes of migration and the integration of these refugees on the European territory. The staging will be conducted by Tijana Zinajić, Slovenian theater director.
The show will tour in 2020:
Tuesday 18 February: SNG, Slovenia
Wednesday 19 February: Glej Theatre, Slovenia
Friday 21 February: delleAli teatro, Italy
Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 April: Das Letzte Kleinod, Germany
Monday 6 to Thursday 9 April: Théâtre du Pélican, France
Friday 22 to Sunday 24 May: The Albany, United Kingdom
The digital exhibition is an integral part of ID:Babylon and is based on research about European identity done by and with young people at the very start of the project. Take a look at it here by following this link to our media gallery.
The research was carried out by the project participants with support from researchers Tea Golob and Matej Makarovič from the School of Advanced Social Studies at Nova Gorica, Slovenia. It had 2 distinct elements: number based questionnaires and open ended interviews with young people from each partner organisation and country.
The questionnaire tried to summarize the feelings of the young people about identity and heritage into trends and patterns, whereas the material from the interviews was used to find interesting and potentially inspiring material for each partner group’s performance.
The two parts of the digital exhibition will be shown alongside the performances that come out of the project and are linked to the each presenting country.
The digital exhibition was curated by two young graphic designers Asja Trost from Slovenia and Helene Thuemmel from Austria.